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Why is Fuel Efficiency Lower in the City?

You've seen it before - the fuel efficiency estimations for a vehicle, indicating that you get way better gas mileage driving highway than in the city. Most vehicle drivers understand this fact, but do you know why fuel efficiency is lower in the city?   You may have thought about it, and wondered why you get better fuel efficiency when you are driving faster (on the highway) rather than slower in the city. The truth is, when you drive in the city where there are streetlights, stop signs, and lots of traffic, it puts a toll on your vehicle's engine. When you are constantly accelerating and decelerating, your vehicle's engine is working harder to move your vehicle. This requires more gas and therefore gives you a lower gas mileage.  When you drive highway, you are usually driving at a more consistent speed and not slowing or accelerating as frequently. This requires much less effort from your vehicle, which is why you probably get significantly better fuel e ... read more

Why Is My A/C Not Blowing Cold Air?

It's the summer months, and being stuck in your vehicle after it has been parked in the heat for hours without a working air conditioning system can be brutal. You turn on your A/C and all you get is hot air - you may be wondering, why? There are many reasons why the air conditioning system can fail, and taking note of other symptoms you may be experiencing can help pinpoint the issue.  For instance, if you're always noticing a strange smell when you turn on the air condtiioning or a strange noise, this can help your mechanic better understand the issue that may be occuring. One thing is for sure - as soon as you notice that the A/C is broken, bring your vehicle into ABR Houston. You don't want to drive all summer without A/C and the problem could be caused by a failing part that can lead to other part failure if ignored.  Here are some of the reasons why your air conditioning system isn't blowing cold air: A/C lost its charge of refrigerant Failing A/C co ... read more

Brake Pad Replacement Signs

When it comes to brakes, any sign that there is a problem should be considered urgent. If you ever notice a strange noise or suddenly know that there is a lack in performance while braking, it’s time to have your brakes inspected. Your brakes are extremely important because they help you slow and stop when needed. As soon as you notice something off about your brakes, it is important to have your vehicle inspected at our shop to determine what the cause may be. Repairing the issue early on will save you money and will also help protect you and your family while driving.  Your vehicle’s brake pads are an essential component of the brake system and help produce the friction that allows your vehicle to stop or slow down. However, brake pads do not last forever and will need to be replaced periodically. Over time, they begin to wear down and will need to be replaced. Here are 5 telling signs that your brake pads are due for a replacement:  If you hear a clicking no ... read more

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